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Nearly a year after initiating the process to implement a business district, the Cerro Gordo Village Board is able to offer the first opportunity for businesses within the designated area to tap into the funds it has been raising.
A busy day of activities is scheduled for the 13th Christmas on the Hill celebration this Saturday (Dec. 7) in Cerro Gordo. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with activities at Cerro Gordo Elementary School, the annual Christmas parade steps off at 10 a.m., and a soup and sandwich lunch is being served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Penny Carpenter would have turned 55 on Nov. 14 if pancreatic cancer had not claimed her life two years ago.
And while that day is a hard one on her daughter Ellie Carpenter, the Monticello High School freshman decided to do a quick fund-raiser to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Every year, for the past 25 years, the members of the Monticello United Methodist Church have been busy baking a huge variety of holiday cookies for their annual Cookie Walk. Members contribute 10 dozen of their favorite cookie or candy. Some individuals have been known to donate 50 or more dozen at a time.
Monticello helped usher in the Christmas season Nov. 29-30 with the Monticello Railway Museum's Polar Express train rides, while the downtown business district bustled on Friday night with the annual Monticello Main Street Reds of Christmas event.
Piatt County public school enrollment held steady this year at 3,897 kindergarten through high school students, just 16 students under last year’s official fall figure of 3,913.
The reindeer are booked, carolers are rehearsing and carriage rides are returning for this Friday evening’s (Nov. 29) “Reds of Christmas,” the annually wine-tasting event organized by Monticello Main Street.
But there is one more thing Executive Director Kerry Redshaw said she is hoping makes an appearance at the event, even if it is out of her control.
By Brian Murphy
The Blue Ridge school board approved a football cooperative agreement with Ridgeview High School at its monthly meeting Wednesday, Nov. 20 in Farmer City. The co-op passed unanimously after public comments and statements from board members.